Boy21

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Mar 5, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
23 Reviews
You can lose yourself in repetition--quiet your thoughts; I learned the value of this at a very young age.

Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He's always dreamed of getting out someday, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay.
Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and the life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won't pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21--taken from his former jersey number.
As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need.

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The characters were real and the plot was very clever. - Goodreads
The writing seemed very amateur and boring at times. - Goodreads
I wanted that plot to develop, but it never really did. - Goodreads
He's got this writing style that just speaks to me. - Goodreads
That's why he depended so much on Erin's scholarship. - Goodreads

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User Review  - alexann - LibraryThing

Finley and his girlfriend, Erin, are both looking forward to their senior year of high school, where they both expect to contribute to the successes of their respective basketball teams. Living in a ... Read full review

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User Review  - ecataldi - LibraryThing

I didn't even read the description, I saw it was written by Mathew Quick and I started reading. Two hours later I was crying in a bathtub and screaming at my cat. This book is intense. I was quite ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the author of The Silver Linings Playbook (Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and three young adult novels, Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (Little, Brown & Co.). His work has received many honors--including a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention--been translated into many languages, and called "beautiful...first-rate" by The New York Times Book Review. The Weinstein Company and David O. Russell have adapted The Silver Linings Playbook into a film starring Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. Matthew lives in Massachusetts with his wife, novelist Alicia Bessette. His website is www.matthewquickwriter.com.